Typing versus Printing: The Great Debate

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Written by Sandra Ellis, Student Occupational Therapist McMaster University

When should kids who struggle with printing focus on printing and when should they type instead?

Many parents of children with fine motor difficulties struggle with the question of when they should put printing skills on the back burner and focus instead on typing. On one side of the debate, parents are concerned when printing is left unattended because many important day-to-day activities require basic handwriting skills such as signing cards or documents and filling out forms. On the other side, many parents become concerned when too much focus is placed on printing because they feel their child could produce so much more in school if they were allowed to type instead of print. Read more

How to increase independence in a child with a disability (part 10)

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Let your child with disability do a load of laundry and so what if a white t-shirt got mixed in the wash with the brand new jeans…and it’s now light blue. That’s a lesson!

This is Part 10 of our 10-Part blog series about the challenges and experiences of the siblings of kids with a diagnosis. Be sure to check back for future posts in the series.

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Let It Go – Independence versus vulnerability (part 9)

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It’s wonderful to see my brother reach milestones and see both his self-confidence and his autonomy develop.

This is Part 9 of our 10-Part blog series about the challenges and experiences of the siblings of kids with a diagnosis. Be sure to check back for future posts in the series.

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Decoding “problem” behaviours in children with autism

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Written by Kim Rose & Michael McCann (Autism and Behavioural Science students at Mohawk College)

Is your child exhibiting “problem” behaviour in the home or at school? Perhaps you’ve been wondering why your child with autism is exhibiting these behaviours and what to do about them, or even how to explain those to your child’s school? Read more

Thinking of having another child to care for your child with disability? (Part 8)

Autism Sibling
75% of siblings who act as caregivers for an adult with a developmental disability say that caring is their full-time job

This is Part 8 of our 10-Part blog series about the challenges and experiences of the siblings of kids with a diagnosis. Be sure to check back for future posts in the series.

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